All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!
The audience for the most part has been masterfully lulled into a false sense of security! Our guard is down and were all wishing for Miike mode to finally kick in!
Remember the ole saying..
"Be careful what you wish…
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
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“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
When Audition was released, people seemed to either argue that it was a feminist film or that it was a disgusting cinematic expression of misogyny. What's so great about the film is that it's neither. Takashi Miike doesn't trap his characters in a box sculpted by his own beliefs or ideologies. He merely allows them to exist, neither condoning their actions nor judging them. Audition is very much about males and females, but it is intentionally void of an agenda, so it forces viewers to project their own agendas onto the characters, all of whom Miike has designed to solely be characters.
Audition is one of the best horror films I've seen. It proves highbrow suspense and gore can coexist…
Funciona muy bien como una película romántica en la cual se trabaja cuidadosamente el miedo y la paranoia de alguien perturbado que acaba de iniciar una relación.
Tiene sus virtudes, más que nada visuales, pero justo al llegar al clímax, se vuelve un revoltijo y parece que el director se proteje con el gore y el discurso terrible y egoísta de la mujer para sacar a flote la película. Al final, suenan los créditos y solo quedan preguntas y una cara de "what the fuck did I just watch?"
Péguenme, pero esto a mi me dio flojera.
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I wish she had cut off both his feet
This is what happens when guys wait too long to call back girls.
Shouted at the screen in horror many times, dry-heaved, almost threw up.
To quote a wise man, "Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh my God. Holy mother of God. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God."
ES CAPRICHOSO EL AZAR...
Partiendo de un concepto tan frívolo como es el de organizar un falso casting para una película inexistente con el fin de elegir a una mujer que satisfaga el desierto sexual de un hombre de mediana edad que necesita desesperadamente encontrar a alguien, la cinta de Takashi Miike se torna un desasosegaste thriller psicológico con tintes de gore sobre la mezquindad del ser humano.
En este punto de la historia, es donde a este humilde critico le viene a la cabeza aquella opera prima del dramaturgo Neil Labute como fue 'En compañía de hombres' (1997), en donde dos empleados de una oficina mediante tretas manipuladoras y conquistas de gañán decidían enamorar a una compañera minusvalida de…
I remember seeing this in high school and not really liking it. I definitely liked it a lot more seeing it now. There are some things I still don't understand, but that could have something to do with the terrible subtitles that are on the DVD I have. Who knew subs could be so bad.
Great date night movie!
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